Isn’t proofreading just checking spellings and grammar? Doesn’t spellcheck do that?
Spellcheck will not do all that. It also won’t pick up real words that are used in the wrong place (eg, brought when you mean bought).
As for computer grammar checking… Quite simply, it’s often wrong. Human language is far too subtle for a computer to understand all its meanings. It’s not often I can claim to be better than a computer, but this is one of those times!
What's the difference between proofreading and editing?
Just to be clear: proofreading gives no guarantee about the suitability of the facts, content, structure, vocabulary or tone of the writing. If you would like all that checked, you need editing.
Editing is about the writing as a whole – it’s proofreading plus a whole lot more. The English may be right, but perhaps the order could be more logical, or the choice of words needs tweaking. Often, the writing is simply too wordy – an editor weeds out the bits that aren’t needed.
Editing aims to make your message clear and suitable for your audience, but it is not a complete re-write.
Does it really matter if there are a few little mistakes?
Why take that risk? Getting it checked proves that you care about the details. That makes a good impression right from the start.
Will you write my blog/CV/website for me?
Copywriting is, quite rightly, more expensive than editing.
If you think that’s what you need, please get in touch for more information.
Do you work in publishing or journalism?
I specialise in non-fiction (eg, information books, ‘How to’ books, memoirs). Much of my work involves helping writers with websites, leaflets, reports or training materials, as well as academic proofreading.
I am also happy to do copy editing, line editing or final proofreading for works of fiction, eg, novels or short stories.
I have no affiliation with any publisher or printing company.
How much will it cost to check a 6-page website/double-sided leaflet/blog post…?
First, you need to know whether you require standard proofreading, or more detailed editing. The time taken will also depend on the style and quality of writing; whether it’s plain text, or a website, or has lots of bullet points and tables; the document format (eg, Word or PDF) and much more.
It’s a bit scary, having someone check my writing.
Don’t worry; you’re in safe hands. Here are my promises to you:
I’m here to support and help you, not to be negative.
I will look at your writing in detail.
Then you will get friendly but honest advice to help you communicate better to your audience.
Not scary at all!